Program Description: 
Physicians are often uncomfortable delivering bad news to patients and try to avoid disclosing this information.  The majority of formal communication education is provided to physicians very early in training such as during the first year of medical school.  By the time physicians are in a position of needing to deliver bad news to a patient since this responsibility is delegated to attending most often, many years have elapsed. An interactive clinician led small group discussion for M2s in the Foundational Capstone Course focused on the application of ethical priniciples to clinical scenarios that post management dilemmas. Small group faciliatators who complete pre reading assignment and complete a post test following discussion are eligible to receive CME credit for sessions.
ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 2.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.


Target audience: 

Preceptors assigned to teach the Foundational Capstone Ethics Discussions

Learning objectives: 
  • Identify communication strategies for breaking bad news to a patient
  • Appreciate the ethical conflict between nonmaleficence which requires physicians do no harm with the need to inform patients of bad news to preserve their autonomy
  • Apply communication strategies to deliver bad news to patients during role play
Faculty & credentials: 
Kim Stoner, MD, MS, FACP
Assistant Professor
Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine
Foundational Capstone Course Director, Medical College of Wisconsin
No relevant financial relationships to disclose



Theresa Krausert
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-4194
Session date: 
01/07/2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm CST
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 2.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

Please login or register to take this course.